Kathleen Puckett and Terry Turchie talk about Hunting the American Terrorist: The FBI's War on Homegrown Terror
Puckett and Turchie They examine the most dangerous criminal minds in America, focusing on the psychology of the lone American terrorist.- Book Passage
Dr. Kathleen Puckett
Dr. Puckett spent 23 years as an FBI Special Agent, where she was primarily involved in the investigation and analysis of cases involving foreign counterintelligence and domestic and international terrorism.
In the mid 1970s, Kathleen was an officer in the Office of Special Investigations in the U.S. Air Force, where she acquired an early knack for investigations of Soviet and East Bloc espionage. When she left the Air Force, she was heavily recruited by both the FBI and the CIA.
By the mid 1980s she had learned Russian and was working against Soviet Intelligence in the San Francisco Division of the FBI.
Between 1988 and 1994 she was a principal in "Project Slammer," an interagency espionage study that involved extensive interviews of individuals convicted of espionage.
In 1993 she became a founding member of the FBI National Security Division's Behavioral Analysis Program (BAP), and was an operational and behavioral consultant to numerous high profile counterintelligence and counterterrorism investigations throughout the United States.
Between 1994 and 1998 she was the primary behavioral expert during the UNABOM investigation. She also assisted FBI Inspector Terry Turchie in the investigation of Eric Rudolph in North Carolina in 1998, and received the Attorney General's Award for Distinguished Service the same year.
In 2000 she completed a research internship that led to the production of a dissertation concerning the prediction of violence and the conferring of a Ph.D. in Clinical Psychology.
In 2001 Dr. Puckett conducted a multi-jurisdictional risk assessment study concerning lone domestic terrorists including Theodore Kaczynski, Timothy McVeigh and Eric Rudolph for the Counterterrorism Division of the FBI.
In his early years in the FBI, Terry chased timber thieves in the Oregon forests. By the 1980s, he was chasing Soviet spies at the United Nations in New York, and on one memorable occasion depicted in New York Magazine wrestled Soviet spy Gennadiy Zakharov to the ground at a subway station. After a tour at FBIHQ in Washington, D.C., he took over a counterintelligence squad in San Francisco and within a year disrupted two major East Bloc espionage operations.
Between 1994 and 1998, Terry directed the UNABOM Federal Task Force (UTF) that finally caught and convicted Theodore Kaczynski for an 18-year long string of terrorist bombings. Robert Graysmith, an author who wrote about the case in a 1997 book UNABOMBERâ€”A Desire to Kill, called Turchie "the heart and spirit of the investigation."
After Kaczynski pled guilty to the UNABOM crimes in 1998, Turchie was promoted to Inspector, and was immediately tapped by FBI Director Louis Freeh to direct the Southeast Bomb Task Force in the North Carolina's hunt for Olympic Park bomber Eric Robert Rudolph. His interagency coworkers admiringly described him as the "FBI's Ace."
In 1999, he was called to Washington, D.C. as Deputy Assistant Director in the new Counterterrorism Division of the FBI. Between 1999 and 2001, he testified before Congress and traveled extensively overseas with former FBI Director Louis Freeh to facilitate joint investigations of international terrorism in the Middle East, Asia and the former Soviet Union.